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    me personally just buy my own flies, but i know alot of people who prefer tying their own. so do you guys tie or buy and why

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    I actually started tying before I started fly fishing. I can count on one hand the number of flies I have bought. It hasn't saved me any money, I'm pretty sure, but it's made many cold winter evenings a lot more fun.

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    It's an unbelievable "rush" to catch a fish with a fly that you've tied yourself. I imagine that the only better fly-fishing feeling can be to catch a fish with your own fly, on a rod that you've built yourself.
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    For me it's both. I tie and buy. To tie all my flies would take time away from fishing. As a result I tie some specialty streamers and buy the rest.
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    I tie 90% of what I fish with. I buy when there are special local patterns (I always make sure to keep one to learn to tie it), when I'm running low on the needed flies and I'm on the river, and sometimes I buy more complex 22's and 24's if I don't feel like spending the time to tie them.

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    I have taken a couple lessons - and have tied a Griffith's gnat and a woolly bugger. I recently assembled a sucker egg pattern with yellow pompons, a pink sharpy and super glue. I have yet to catch a fish on a fly I tied and hope to change that some day. My local fly fishing club has fly tying lessons/workshops and we have a vice laying around with some materials - so I have no excuses.
    But for now I buy. I imagine some day I will do both.
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    TIE!

    There is only one way to have complete control over both the; supply & demand, and the overall quality of your flies… and that is to tie your own.

    Some fly patterns – soft hackles for example – are either simply not available or they are tied incorrectly (quickly) in most shops… and the only solution to that is to tie them yourself.

    The art of fly-tying is the passion within the obsession of this sport. I could not imagine fly-fishing without the fly-tying.

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    Tie, its just another part of the addiction. Like Fire Insturctor said its another rush, and like Stenacron says you have control over quality and design.
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    I tie 99.9% of my flies. I sometimes will buy a pattern that I like to copy. I have tied for many years and yes it can be expensive if you use all of the reciepe items but many can be substituted and one does not need it all to start. All in all I believe that it is cheaper to tie than to buy particularly if you like to experiment with differen patterns and sizes and colors. I can tie up many dozen for what I would spend for a couple dozen store bought flies. That is what I tell my wife anyway. One last thought. I hate losing 3 to $7 flies. If I get hung in a fish holding area I just break off and tie on another. Then I go home and tie up 3 more.

    I lost 3 shrimp patterns one morning to some blues. When I got back to the house I tied up a dozen or so in a couple of sizes for backups. and it only cost me pennys.

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    For most of the past 45 years I've tied my own, primarily bass & saltwater flies. However, over the last 4 or 5 years I've bought some flies too. Started out buying some to copy the pattern, but found some guys selling flies that were actually very well tied so bought more.
    One fellow I found, actually has an excellent bass streamer he ties, not something I've seen in catalogs either. I tied commercially for awhile, so can appreciate what others are trying to do with their talent.

    A couple of years ago I was going on vacation to the SC coast & wanted to make sure I had plenty of flies, but didn't have much time to tie. Just happens that Orvis, which I'm not particularly a fan of, was having a sale & selling flies for 50 cents each, including saltwater flies. So, I bought a bunch. They're not my own, but still good quality on good hooks & they won't go bad. Heck, I doubt I could have tied some of them for less than 50 cents with my time limits.

    Whether I tie or buy is usually relative to my situation at the time I need the flies. I'll tie most of the flies I use, but don't mind buying good flies when I have a need to do so.
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